How many film franchises can really claim that after 6 installments they are only getting better? Probably none. But the series that started with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious is seeing the 6th movie in the series on Blu-ray now and the film has almost literally improved from one film to the next in chronological order (maybe part 2 was the worst, but besides that one, each film has been better than the previous). With the death this week of the film’s star, Paul Walker, the future of the franchise is in question, but as far as Fast & Furious 6 goes, this one is spectacular fun.
Since the events in the last film, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Walker) and the rest of the crew have become very rich and have scattered all over the globe, comfortable but always on the run. When Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) seeks them out to aid in capturing an international organization of mercenary drivers, Dom and Brian see a chance to win back everyone’s freedom once and for all. But there may be more at stake than just freedom.
This series is one of the most inventive and entertaining action franchises ever made and is fully deserving of the success it has received. Walker and cast have all crafted likable and memorable characters that we enjoy seeing back each time, and the action sequences get crazier, more elaborate and more daring each time as well. And they are mostly done with real world stunts as well, which makes things doubly impressive. But it really is the well-crafted balance of action with the great ensemble cast and wry sense of humor that keeps audiences coming back. Who says Hollywood isn’t doing anything right?
The Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment is just jaw dropping. This is an A+ disc all the way around, from the brilliant picture with incredible detail and clarity to the bombastic soundtrack with immersive surround to the really fun line up of special features. Fast and Furious 6 is one of the top discs of the year and a movie action fans should not miss. Very highly recommended.
Available December 10, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.